A law firm that avoided a legal malpractice suit by directing its former clients to sue another party cannot seek dismissal of a subsequent malpractice claim against it on statute of limitations grounds, a state judge has ruled.

The plaintiffs claim former New York law firm Battle Fowler committed malpractice by failing to include language in a 1991 agreement that would have protected the capital of parties withdrawing from a Rhode Island real estate investment partnership.

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